How chef Ahktar Nawab touches every corner of the industry with restaurants, food halls and more

A pandemic isn’t stopping this skilled chef and entrepreneur from moving forward with new projects.

Restaurateur Ahktar Nawab started his culinary journey 25 years ago, working his way up in restaurant kitchens to behind the stove at New York City’s renowned Gramercy Tavern and Craft. The Kentucky-bred chef of Indian heritage then embraced Mexican cooking, eventually opening several of his own Mexican restaurants. More recently, he published his first cookbook and launched two food halls, including Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall, which opened this month in a Chicago medical district. Listen as Nawab shares how the ups and downs of his career are helping him cope with the pandemic, plan new projects and remain optimistic about the future.



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